Attack on HJV leader a false claim: probe

The alleged attack on Surathkal Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) unit co-convener Bharath Raj by four miscreants on Monday night, has proved to be a fake claim, police said.

City Police Commissioner T R Suresh took up the investigations at the 'spot' at Agaramelu in Surathkal. During the investigation, it was proved that the allegations were false aimed at getting publicity. Bharath Raj, in his complaint to the police, had said that three people were hiding in a bush with swords and waylaid his two-wheeler at Agaramelu at 7.45 pm. Fearing for his life, he left behind his two-wheeler and ran into a house nearby. A WhatsApp message said that four attempted to attack Bharat Raj at 8.30 pm on Monday. When the electronic media started airing the news, he went to the police station and filed an FIR.

On hearing the complaint, City Police Commissioner T R Suresh, DCP Hanumantharaya visited the spot. During the enquiry, they noticed contradictory statements.

In the SMS sent to mediapersons, he had mentioned it as four persons attempted to attack him. While in the complaint to the police, he alleged three persons attempted to attack him. He had even told the police that all the three had swords in their hands and one person was wearing a grey T shirt while another was wearing a shirt and pant.

When the police took him to the spot, he reportedly told the police that one person was holding a sword and that he had seen the person wearing grey T shirt and pant. However, the spot was dark and it was impossible to identify the colour of a dress in such poor light, sources in the police said.

In fact, Bharath Raj's friend Mahendra's house was situated nearby. However, he did not visit his friend's house for help as no one was there at Mahendra's house. When the police asked Mahendra, he told the police that he was very much at home. When the Commissioner further made enquiries, Bharath Raj left the spot. The Commissioner has directed the Surathkal Police to enquire with him once again and file a report to the court. The police are also looking into the possibility of initiating action against Bharath Raj for filing a false case.

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